The gem of Cappadocia, the stunning city of Urgup in the Nevsehir district, is crowned by the famous Wish Hill (Temenni Tepesi in Turkish) at an altitude of approximately 1,140 meters above sea level. Thanks to its marvelous geopolitical position, this extraordinary hill dominates the entire city, creating a magical and sweeping ambiance for visitors.

Furthermore, throughout history, this fascinating hill has served various purposes, such as for security, worship, and government reasons. Therefore, it has been called by different names in every period, such as Temennos (during the Hittites period), Arslangazi Rock (pre-proclamation of the Republic), and Temenni Hill (today).

Moreover, in ancient times, Wish Hill was considered a holy place due to its high position, reflecting closeness to God. Thus, several graves can be found on this incredible hill, symbolizing that many people wanted to be buried on the blessed hill after they died. Two important large tombs (mausoleums) are also located here, believed by some to belong to Seljuk Sultan Rüknettin Kılıçarslan IV and Alaaddin Keykubat III, although it is not clear. Actually, after examinations, it was discovered that those unknown mausoleums were built by Muhammet Vecihi Pasha between 1857 and 1858 during the Ottoman period.

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In addition to these features, a cupola, which is a monumental tomb, was placed in the middle of the hill. Initially, it was used as a library named “Ürgüp Tahsinaga Public Library,” which was established by Ottoman Pasha Tahsinaga in 1855.

To the south of this natural masterpiece lies Saint Yeorgios Church, a glorious church built by Christians in honor of the great Saint Yeorgios to reflect their respect for him.

Today, surrounded by discos, bars, tea houses, and cafes, Temenni Hill is a popular destination for tourists. When the famous French architect Felix Marie Charles Texier visited here, he was entranced by its brilliance and even drew a picture of the splendid hill.


There is a remarkable legend associated with Wish Hill. According to the story, once upon a time, a soldier serving the Russian army was captured by the Ottomans and imprisoned in the castle located on the hill. He prayed and wished for his freedom while he was there. Over time, he gained the trust and affection of the Sultan through his actions, and eventually, he was released.

Since this event, people come to Wish Hill to make a wish, which is the reason for its name. The legend has become a part of the hill’s mystique, adding to its allure for visitors who come to experience its magical atmosphere and make their own wishes.


Are you ready to experience the magic and allure of Ürgüp Wish Hill for yourself? Tour Maker Turkey is here to make your dream a reality! Our expertly crafted tours take you on an unforgettable journey through the mesmerizing landscapes of Cappadocia, with a visit to Wish Hill Nevsehir as one of the highlights of your trip.

Our tours offer a range of options to suit your travel style and preferences. From private tours for a personalized experience, to group tours for a fun and social adventure, we have something for everyone. You can choose from a range of durations, from one-day tours to multi-day excursions, to fully immerse yourself in the beauty and culture of the region.

On our tours, you’ll have the chance to explore the fascinating history and culture of the area, including a visit to Saint Yeorgios Church and the Ottoman-era library on Wish Hill. You’ll be awed by the stunning landscape of Cappadocia, with its unique rock formations and underground cities, and you’ll have the chance to take in breathtaking panoramic views from the hilltop.

Our knowledgeable and friendly guides will be with you every step of the way, sharing their insights and expertise to ensure that your experience is unforgettable. We provide comfortable transportation and take care of all the details, so you can relax and enjoy the journey.

Don’t miss the opportunity to make your wishes come true on Wish Hill with Tour Maker Turkey. Contact us today to book your tour and start planning your adventure!